Premiership Player – 1984, 1985,1993
Pre-season Premiership Player – 1984,1985,1993
Best and Fairest Award – 1992
All-Australian – 1985, 1993
Leading Goal Kicker – 1985
An experienced and respected assistant coach following a brilliant playing career, Mark Harvey has enjoyed a 25-year involvement at the elite level. Harvey’s introduction to VFL football was a unique one, with back to back Premierships in his first two seasons. The courageous forward from Keilor burst onto the scene, and followed up his memorable debut season with another Essendon flag, Victorian and All-Australian selection.
Harvey’s potency in some of the ensuing years was restricted by leg injuries and a few bouts of concussion – most of which were the result of a minimal regard for personal safety. A switch to defence in the latter stages of his career reinvigorated Harvey and he won his second All-Australian blazer and third Premiership in 1993.
Joining the Essendon coaching staff in 1998,Harvey helped mould the Bombers’ backline into a formidable line-up. After eight rewarding seasons as an assistant to Kevin Sheedy, Harvey moved to join the Fremantle Dockers coaching panel in 2006. The move was an immediate success, with Harvey part of the coaching group that led the Dockers to their best finish in club history.
Harvey took over the reigns of the senior side with seven rounds left to play in the 2007 season and in season 2010 took the club into the finals. After a frustrating season in 2011 that saw Fremantle struggle with significant injuries to key players, Harvey was a surprisingly sacked at the end of the season. In what turned about to be one the AFL’s biggest stories of the year, Fremantle replaced Harvey with St Kilda’s Ross Lyon.
Despite the disappointment of not being given the opportunity to complete his contract with Fremantle, Harvey was quickly snapped up by the Michael Voss lead Brisbane Lions as their Midfield Transition Coach. His experience and insight into the game will no doubt be a valuable commodity for Brisbane in their quest to climb back up the AFL ladder. 2014 saw Mark take a 12 month break from the AFL for the first time in 32 years, then signing on with the Bombers as Assistant Coach commencing in season 2015.